| |ilikemeI live in a van down by the river.PremiumReviews:
Sugar Land, TX
Bad idea!!! I don't have as big of a problem with Comcast buying Time Warner because they do not have systems in the exact same areas.
I do have a problem with Directv and Dish merging because they directly compete nationwide and are often the only two options for people, especially in rural areas. Their only other competition is in areas that have cable and/or telco tv.
Plus I have directv now and don't want Charlie ruining it.
Forest Hills, NY
·Time Warner Cable
Re: Bad idea!!! sirris/xm was a hard sell even in it's hayday. now that everyone can simply plug their mp3/cellphone playlist with thousends of songs and audio books into their car amplifier, consolidating sirris/xm was the only way to keep that fringe service cost effective enough to stay alive.
consolidating the satellite companies might not be such a bad idea if it was joined with legislation that forced roof access for dish installs for multi dwelling units. where i live i can't get satellite simply because i'm not allowed on my apartment building's flat roof, and twcable has such a tight hold on our area that putting up one big dish to split out to many apartments would also be a fight on our coop board. so if the FCC was somehow able to mandate roof access, more buildings would concede to put up a few shared dishes, and then we'd finally have some real cabletv competition in my building, so from my perspective having one or more satellite companies won't matter, just being able to us ANY satellite company does.
| The real problem with satellite TV competition is that most internet providers charge an outrageous rate to subscribers who don't bundle with video. This is highly anti-competitive against the satellite companies. They used to be able to pair with DSL, but now that's too slow to be competitive, and with the possible exception of certain areas that have really good ADSL2+ setups that can do 10-15mbps, most internet that's fast enough for today's world (i.e. cable TV, U-Verse, and FIOS) are also on a pipe that's big enough to carry video, so there is an incentive to bundle by the incumbent provider. AT&T, to their credit, among many, many things that they're doing wrong, they do have reasonable pricing for unbundled U-Verse internet that isn't anti-competitive. FIOS is the worst offender, with Comcast being somewhere in the middle.|
·Time Warner Cable
Re: Apples and Oranges...
said by DaveDude:The fact is, there is currently not a single person who has a choice between Comcast and Time Warner, unless they want to move. Anybody with a clear view of the southern sky and an exclusive-use area has choice between Direct and Dish.
i disagree , it still a unique competitor, every cable company should not have franchise territories.
Sirius & XM, anybody? Look what happened with Sirius & XM when they merged. Prices are higher now (mostly due to added fees such as the music royalty fee), you have the same content except a handful of channels on each system, and in my opinion a waste of 12.5MHz of spectrum in the nifty 2.3GHz band. They even killed some of the better channels and personalities that XM brought to the table, and changed the focus to the same thing you hear on FM radio everywhere. Sure, it's a little different since they do have to generate their own channels, and Dish/DirecTV are carrying other people's channels, but it's still going to end in the same issue -- higher prices and less choices.
said by Happydude32:Look I'm old enough to remember big satellite dishes. Besides being huge they were expensive. Not many people had them. Certainly not 1/4 of all households. Hell I grew up in the 70s and 80's I remember TV with dials, no remotes and maybe a half dozen channels and nothing on after 2 AM. said by Mr Guy :
25 years ago before DirecTv and Dish how many choices did these rural people have?
C-band and in 1991 a few cable companies got together to form Primestar, and possibly HITS. I can't remember when HITS first came about, but I believe that was more of a mid 90's thing.